McArdle Leads Waterdogs To Victory

After a two week hiatus for the World Lacrosse Field Championships in San Diego, the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) was back in action resuming its regular season.  This week the PLL was in Minneapolis, MN.

The first game of the weekend had the Waterdogs (3-1) facing Chrome (1-3).

The goaltending match-up had Dillon Ward in net for the Waterdogs against Sean Sconone in net for Chrome.

The Waterdogs, led by Kieran McArdle, jumped out to a 7-1 first half lead.  Chrome got organized during halftime and mounted a comeback with Sam Handley and Logan Wisnauskas scoring twice each bringing the game within two goals midway through the fourth quarter.  

The Waterdogs withstood the Chrome challenge, adding a goal themselves to win this game 10-7.

To The Game:

The Waterdogs took charge of the game from the start with Jake Carraway scoring at 1:35, followed by Ethan Walker converting a Michael Sowers feed at 4:28.

Thomas McConvey increased the ‘Dogs lead to three finishing off a Kieran McArdle pass at 7:05.

After one quarter, Waterdogs 3 Chrome 0.

Second Quarter:

The Waterdogs continued to dominate with Jake Carraway firing a howitzer from deep off a Kieran McArdle pass at 5:07.

Chrome finally got on the board with Logan Wisnauskas beating Dillon Ward off a Jackson Morrill feed at 6:51, but goals by Ethan Walker and Kieran McArdle increased the Waterdogs lead to six heading into the intermission.

At the half, Waterdogs 7 Chrome 1.

Third Quarter:

Chrome opened the third quarter scoring with Greg Weyl with a long pole sprinting to the cage to score at 0:25 seconds, but McArdle with his second of the day brought the game back to a six goal differencial.

Brendan Nichtern, who was making his season debut for Chrome would score next off a Jackson Morrill feed at 3:13, followed by Sam Handley scoring a pair of goals back to back, making the score 8-5.  Morrill brought the game within two scoring off a Jordan MacIntosh feed at 10:09, but Ethan Walker would score with just 1:12 left in the quarter.

After three quarters, Waterdogs 9 Chrome 6.

Fouth Quarter:

Logan Wisnauskas brought the game within two goals again at 1:29, but a power-play goal by Jake Carraway off a Michael Sowers pass sealed the deal at 9:38.

Final score, Waterdogs 10 Chrome 7.

The Three Stars:

1. Kieran McArdle
2. Jackson Morrill
3. Connor Farrell

Connor Farrell achieved his 500th career faceoff win in this game.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Chrome 22-19.
  • Faceoffs were dominated by Chrome 18-2.
  • Chrome also led in groundbaÄşls 41-37.
  • The Waterdogs went 1 for 4 on the power-play, while Chrome went 0 for 2.

Top Scorers:

Waterdogs:

  • Kieran McArdle 2g, 2a
  • Jake Carraway 2g, 1 2-pt. goal, 0a
  • Michael Sowers 0g, 4a

Chrome:

  • Jackson Morrill 1g, 2a
  • Sam Handley 2g, 0a
  • Logan Wisnauskas 2g, 0a

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

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